Upcoming Cook Islands Language Week Events

The annual ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani: Cook Islands Language Week is being held from Sunday 29 July – Saturday 4 August 2018, this year’s theme is ‘Kia ngākau parau, kia rangarangatu to tatou reo Māori kūki 'Āirani’ which translates to ‘Be proud of our reo Māori kūki 'Airani and protect its future!’ See what events are going on around New Zealand to celebrate.



The Minister for Pacific People Aupito William Sio will officially launch Cook Islands Language Week on Saturday 28 July, at 11am at the Te Hāpua Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Road, in Christchurch.


The first Cook Islands Language Week was delivered in 2012, when the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (the Ministry) partnered with the Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand (CIDANZ) and the Human Rights Commission (HRC).


Since 2012, engagement in Cook Islands Language Week has grown and the week is now celebrated across New Zealand through schools, tertiary institutions, workplaces and communities.


Cook Islands Language Week is a chance for all Kiwis to celebrate the rich language and culture of the Cook Islands.


The Cook Islands community are the second largest Pacific ethnic group in New Zealand (after Samoans) making up 20% (61,839) of the Pacific population (295,941) with 59.5% (36,810) living in the Auckland region (Census 2013).



In Auckland:


Auckland War Memorial Museum have events to celebrate the Cook Islands language and culture. On Wednesday 1st August, enjoy traditional stories told through instruments like the pate (drum) and the ukulele and have a go!


On Saturday 4th August, enjoy vibrant performances from school and community groups. Be sure to book in for the Pacific Collection Access Project (PCAP) Tours as we discover the stories hidden within our Cook Islands collection. 


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And around Auckland discover the stories, music and dance of the Cook Islands at Storytime sessions for kids, arts and crafts workshops or visit Central City Library on Thursday 2 August to enjoy a Cook Islands cultural showcase by the University of Auckland Cook Islands Student Association (AUCISA) at the Auckland City Libraries.

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In Christchurch:

You can learn the basics of te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani from a small group of tertiary students based at the University of Canterbury.


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In Wellington:


In the Capital go to the National Library and hear the stories of amazing Cook Islands women.


Before from 11.am, take a guided tour of the exhibition "Islands in Time" in the Turnbull Room. Come and see the beautiful photos in the Islands in Time exhibition. Hear about the dominant story of Palmerston Atoll — 3 families with a common ancestor, Englishman William Marsters.


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